We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Sunsphere Tower

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 810 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number:
+1 865-251-6861

300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 397 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 144
  • 148
    Very good
  • 80
  • 11
  • 5
A must see

Was recommended we go check k it out while on our quick trip. It was totally worth the short walk and elevator ride up. Beautiful views of the city!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
Emily E
Marshall, Texas
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

397 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 388: English reviews
Bradenton, Florida
Level Contributor
107 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went looking for a great view. Disappointed. Some of a river view, but mostly building tops. However, the park we had to walk past was nice for kids. Difficultly finding where to park. Signs are not very informative. Parked behind the school, walked through the park and small Veterans Memorial. Underneath was under some sort of construction. Elevator was undesirable.... More 

Thank 070Andrea
Level Contributor
59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a planned team parents dinner during SECs. They were NOT prepared. Seating not conducive to mingling. Food took FOREVER, overpriced, and I sent my chicken marsala back as it tasted rubbery.

Thank shawnabbtt
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
195 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wherever I go, I try and find a tall building to go up, so I have been up some of the tallest buildings in the world, this obviously doesn't compare. It has gold windows, which are not clean so the views aren't that good. However it is free. If you're in Knoxville then give it a look, don't go to... More 

Thank Kelly B
Marshall, Texas
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Was recommended we go check k it out while on our quick trip. It was totally worth the short walk and elevator ride up. Beautiful views of the city!

Thank Emily E
Owings Mills, Maryland
Level Contributor
128 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We spent about 10 minutes at the top - some interesting information about the city and how the 1982 Worlds Fair was inspired. Nice views and Free!! We had no wait since it was winter - I'm sure it's busier in nicer weather

Thank Michele W
Level Contributor
49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Nice views of downtown, and the University. Site of the Worlds Fair also has a restaurant and bar. Check the Icon restaurant out.

Thank Doug S
Level Contributor
28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

The Sunsphere Tower observation deck offers a marvelous view of the Knoxville area. One can walk in a complete circle around the observation deck high above the city and see the downtown area, the University of Tennesse, the Tennessee River, and on a clear day perhaps even the Great Smoky Mountains about 45 miles away. There is no charge to... More 

2 Thank James G
Wildwood, Florida
Level Contributor
46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We have been to several events near here and it is always filled with children. I have gone with grandchildren and they always enjoy it.

Thank DebE5
Level Contributor
140 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Take a nice look at the strikng outside but hardly worth the time it takes to figure out parking. The free elevator ride to the observation deck is not worth it either. Not much to see and no acoustiguide to educate you. No place for a snack or a bathroom break. The place is dated and rundown with no charm... More 

Thank oxforddoc
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

I came to the World's Fair with my family in 1982! So it was an absolute treat to get to come back and revisit the site and go up to the observation deck! The park is very nice and I was moved by the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial on the site! That was a a great discovery!

Thank Teresa P

Travellers who viewed Sunsphere Tower also viewed


Been to Sunsphere Tower? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sunsphere Tower and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago
over a year ago
Racine, Wisconsin
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Sunsphere Tower staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?